Supreme Court of the United States rules on DOMA and PROP 8
Matthew Borek , Associated Press
10:03 AM, Jun 26, 2013
11:04 AM, Jun 26, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC - PROP 8: BREAKING: Supreme Court clears way for same-sex unions in Calif., but avoids ruling on gay marriage .
The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.
FROM THE OPINION:
There is a "careful consideration" standard: In determining whether a law is motivated by improper animus or purpose, discriminations of an unusual character especially require careful consideration. DOMA cannot survive under these principles.